2nd-year Glendon International Studies student Alan Pelizer is this year’s winner of the Ontario Global Traders Award for the Central Ontario Region in the ‘Student Achievement’ category. Ontario Exports Inc., the export development agency of the Government of Ontario, handed out the awards at a ceremonial lunch within the framework of the 7th Annual Ontario Global Traders Forum on April 14th. Thirteen prizes were given out in five categories: innovation, market expansion, leadership, partnership and student achievement.
Left: The winners and presenting officials of the 2005 Global Traders Awards for the Central Ontario Region. Alan Pelizer is third from the right.
The mandate of Ontario Exports Inc. is to help firms in the province in a variety of ways, such as networking and information sharing, in order to promote their growth and success, and to create jobs through international trade. Participants have an opportunity to meet industry leaders, entrepreneurs, government and international trade officials, and people from some of Ontario's most successful and innovative companies. Award winners are selected from finalists of regional competitions and can gain instant recognition as top achievers in their fields. The ‘Student Achievement’ award category honours students who can demonstrate that their contribution has benefited Ontario’s exporting community either through their studies or through business experience. In addition to professional recognition, regional student winners receive a $2,000 bursary.
Left: Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade Tony Wong (left) and Robin Garrett (right), President and CEO, Ontario Exports Inc. presenting the 7 th Annual Central Region Award of Merit for Student Achievement to Alan Pelizer Arias (centre), a student of Glendon College, York University in Toronto, Ontario.
In choosing Pelizer for the award, the Global Traders Forum stated that “Alan has a passion for promoting the benefits of international trade, honed through his participation in the International Studies Program at York University's Glendon College and through his work experience in Brazil and Canada. [Pelizer] has worked in corporations such as DFX International Transport (in São Paulo, Brazil), Aeromexpress Airlines and the DHL Danzas Group. He has continued to expand his knowledge of air and ocean transportation through a co-op appointment at Mellohawk Logistics, where he [successfully] integrated the operations and customer service departments for this Toronto-based company”.
A recent immigrant from Brazil, landed in 2003, the 25-year-old Pelizer declared that he came to Canada to pursue his dream of success in business. On previous family visits to his sisters, residents of Canada for a number of years, he was impressed with the harmonious multicultural coexistence in this country and “this respectful society with a strong middle class”. Pelizer added, “I have been deeply interested in a career in business since the age of 14 and I felt that Canada was the right place for my business aspirations”.
Pelizer chose Glendon to complete his education for a number of reasons. He was eager to benefit from the opportunity to establish a personal contact with his professors. He was also interested in the courses on Brazil that were offered at Glendon – courses he was not able to find elsewhere. He found the flexible structure of the International Studies Program most applicable to his particular interests in the Third World. The general helpfulness of the Glendon administration, whether with financial concerns or academic planning, also profoundly impressed him. “And, of course, there is the beautiful learning environment as well”, Pelizer commented.
What are his plans for the future? “My parents taught me that nothing is impossible”, smiles Pelizer. And if he follows the path he has embarked on, for Alan the sky is truly the limit.
This article was submitted to YFile by Marika Kemeny, communications officer at Glendon.